Hey gang, I want to open by giving a little background on myself here. I've been on the forums for a few months now and have tasted (I think) almost every aspect of the Black Hat IM world. I've seen the highs and lows of almost every method thread and done my fair share of poor decision making when it comes to trying to make money through IM. And I guess today is the day that I finally snapped, Black Hat is just too much of a time sink for me to continue to attempt to make headway with it. It's a shame, because I've learned a lot about the internet and how SEO works, what backlinks are and how to rank a website through Black Hat methods etc, and I really feel that without that knowledge, I wouldn't be able to sit down and decide to put all that aside and try something wholly whitehat. I think it's appropriate that I start this, because I've decided that it's high time that I take off the Black hat and put the White Hat on in regards to my IM ventures. I won't lie, I've sunk TOO much money into Black Hat Methods only to have them blow up in my face and not produce any kind of meaningful income. I won't go into detail because I could be here all day, suffice to say, I'm looking at turning over a new leaf, starting a new website, new hosting & a new niche. I hope to share this journey with you all, and I will at every appropriate step of the way try to keep everyone informed of how things are going and perhaps some of the pitfalls that I come across whilst I'm doing it. My Gameplan: My overall gameplan is to start up a review website for my niche. I have a initial goal of $5 a day through various streams of IM. From my blackhat days I already have the following accounts which I will be using (just as a white hat guy now): - Clickbank - Amazon Affiliate Program - Adsense I also have the following skills: - Wordpress "guru" status - SEO knowledge and practice - PHP & JS programming ability - Website Design and Development There are also a bunch of other single product affiliate programs that I have signed up to, but for the sake of protecting my niche, I won't put them here. All in all, I believe that I have a decent group of products and advertising to be able to knock over my first goal. My timeline is infinite - once I hit my first goal, I'll obtain a new one. It will probably be a double up each time I hit my goal. Something that I have considered already is how I should go about writing the articles for the site. I personally don't have the time to write long product reviews on my own, and am a little stumped as to how I can get over this step without going into some grey areas. I recognise that fiverr has a huge number of people that are happy to review products, and I think that there are also some good article exchange websites that I might be able to use. But I'm really not sure. If anyone is reading this, and has a good idea about how to get access to a lot of good reviews, let me know via PM! So - today is day one of what I expect will be a VERY long and enduring process, but I consider this to be a hobby and I don't expect things to take off quick smart. A final point to put on this is that I'd like to keep myself to around $200 offset capital, by that I mean at any one time I can only have a maximum of $200 in the red column. As soon as something comes into the green column, I can spend a bit more. I'm putting this hard-cap on myself now so that I don't spiral out of control with spending, and end up with a deficit that's too large to close with IM. My plan for today + tomorrow:  Research niche further - can't decide to go smaller into my niche or remain larger  Register a decent EMD domain name  Buy Hosting with a good host (I'll probably end up using Arvixe because I've used them in the past and they're great!)  Research for any advertising networks that fall into my niche as to display content appropriate advertising on my site PiggyBank (Opening): $200.00 AUD | $0.00 AUD Income & Outgoings: Income: Advertising: $0.00 AUD Clickbank: $0.00 AUD Amazon: $0.00 AUD Outgoings: NULL PiggyBank (Closing): $200.00 AUD | $0.00 AUD Total Usable Income: $200.00 I'll try and keep this thread updated with the above format every day / few days as I go along. This is as much for me as it is for you guys, it keeps my motivation up, and it'll hopefully go to show that through white hat means it's possible generate a decent income through IM.